What are preventive sexual health services?
A range of preventive sexual health services is available to help you stay healthy and detect and treat any problems early. These services are recommended by many leading medical organizations.*
Most of these services are now available at no cost under the new health reform law, but check with your insurer to make sure your health plan covers them. Low-cost or free services might also be available at community health centers and family planning clinics. See the Where to Learn More chapter to help you find a provider or nearby clinic.
Preventive services include:
- Screenings that test for sexually transmitted infections or diseases, whether or not you have symptoms
- Vaccines, such as the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which decreases your risk of getting the virus that causes genital warts, cervical cancer and some other cancers (anal, oral, and penile)
- Counseling to help you make healthy decisions. For example, you can learn about the best ways to protect yourself and your partner from getting sexually transmitted infections
* The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and other national organizations recommend these services